Italian giants Juventus have reportedly joined the race for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, placing a blow to Manchester Metropolis’s possibilities of signing him.
Metropolis strengthened their defence considerably in the summertime with the signings of Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias however have been unable to get a brand new left-back in earlier than the deadline.
The continued poor performances of Benjamin Mendy to date this season, together with Aleks Zinchenko’s health issues, meant the Blues thought of reinforcing the place.
Ajax’s Argentine Nicolas Tagliafico was checked out however any transfer would have relied on Zinchenko leaving the Etihad, which did not come to go.
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Though Metropolis, except the circumstances align completely, do not are inclined to do enterprise in January it has been reported that they might transfer to lastly usher in a brand new left-back within the new 12 months.
Whereas Tagliafico would possible stay a goal, Austrian Alaba can also be a participant which has been closely linked with a transfer to Metropolis lately. The versatile defender tends to play within the center for the Bundesliga champions nowadays however remains to be greater than able to taking part in on the left and his contract will expire in Bavaria this coming summer time.
The 28-year-old seems no nearer to signing a brand new deal and could possibly be an fascinating prospect for Metropolis at a cut-price in January and even as a free in the summertime.
Nonetheless, in line with Sportmediaset, they are going to face some stiff competitors from Juventus. It is reported that the Serie A champions are already in superior negotiations with Alaba’s entourage and are assured that he will not be remaining on the Alianz Area.
It is claimed that Juve may even signal him in January as they’ve good relations with Bayern after the switch of Douglas Costa.
Elsewhere, Barcelona have a deal in place for Eric Garcia in January, in line with experiences.
Pep Guardiola has made it clear that the Spanish defender doesn’t intent to increase his contract, which expires on the finish of the season, with Metropolis and a return to Barcelona is predicted.
The Catalonians have been eager to signal him in the summertime however refused to fulfill Metropolis’s valuation, leaving Garcia to see out his remaining season in Manchester. Mundo Deportivo report, nonetheless, that there’s an settlement between the centre-back and Barca, although it isn’t clear if that is for a pre-contract settlement or if they are going to try and signal him once more when the window re-opens.